Definition of cause and effect in English:

cause and effect


  • 1The principle of causation.

    ‘the post-Cartesian attempt to see everything as governed by simple laws of cause and effect’
    • ‘It is possible both to accept the basic scientific principles of cause and effect and also to believe in the holistic view of the world as a living organism.’
    • ‘We're part of Nature and our choices and desires are as much determined by laws of cause and effect as are the movements of the planets.’
    • ‘The concept of cause and effect is the basis of karma, the Threefold Law, and even physics.’
    • ‘Hume suggested that we cannot apply to law of cause and effect to our world - we cannot say for sure that one thing causes another.’
    • ‘I am a firm believer in the principle of cause and effect.’
    • ‘Children need to learn the principle of cause and effect.’
    • ‘But, according to Hume, the principle of cause and effect cannot be derived from experience.’
    • ‘Do the planners and politicians understand the law of cause and effect?’
    • ‘Heavily depending upon theory of Karma, this philosophy applies the law of cause and effect to moral experiences.’
    • ‘Even at that stage in his life he had discovered the principle of cause and effect.’
    1. 1.1 The operation or relation of a cause and its effect.
      ‘cause and effect play an important part in the universe’
      • ‘The second level is the level of cause and effect: what chemical and biological factors contribute to its existence.’
      • ‘Consider what we know of basic cause and effect; a car moving 100 / kph hits an icy patch and spins out.’
      • ‘There is, therefore, some relation of cause and effect between the physician's presence and the patient's disease.’
      • ‘It is because of the constant confusion of cause and effect that the Cambrian explosion remains so difficult to explain.’
      • ‘Because of the correlational design, however, the cause and effect of this relationship is unknown.’
      • ‘Was the relationship strong enough that you would say it was cause and effect, that the stress was causing the change in the skin function?’
      • ‘Untangling this intricate mesh of cause and effect, genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, is a primary objective of plant science.’
      • ‘However, I'm not sure about the cause and effect, here - and it's a tension that's been cropping up in a lot of contributions to this thread.’
      • ‘First, we could say that those events are simultaneous which necessarily stand in no relation of cause and effect to one another.’
      • ‘There must be some relation of cause and effect between the employment and the accident, as well as between the accident and the injury.’